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Ramona’s world

Ramona Jennex held an open house at her constituency office a week or so ago. Apparently LOTS and LOTS of people were there. Just not the right people. It was a hug in.

This video interview is enlightening. Kirk Staratt indicates a number of issues in Kings South which he thought were of concern including the future of Wolfville school,  the layoffs at ACA, and farm land use issues which attendees at the open house might have brought up. But apparently those many people who attended didn’t have any issues.

Most of issues I am hearing are celebratory issues..

She mentions the funding for the farm market and how happy everyone was with that. That tells us exactly who was there, that there weren’t any real farmers at the open house.  And it tells us that perhaps Ramona didn’t see all the negative comments about this expenditure of taxpayer money, how it doesn’t really help farmers or other businesses, scathing remarks which appeared following the online article in the CH (link has expired sadly)

And the concerns about the school? People were “very assured” that the issue would be taken care of by the school board.

“I’m not hearing any concerns at this point… I’m hearing optimism… people knowing there is a process in place and this process is being applied.

And it appears there weren’t any ACA workers at the open house either or they were mute.

I didn’t hear anyone talk today about ACA …

Today, I didn’t hear any really big concerns,” she said. “It was actually more of a celebration today, and I was really glad to hear that.

Kirk insists on talking about real issues – so what about agricultural land issues and development pressures. Her thoughts? She refers to a Committee. She couldn’t remember the names but Kirk must have looked them up to put in the text article accompanying the video.

...the new Agricultural Land Review Committee …. Jennex said she was happy to be able to name two members to the committee, which includes Rick Williams of Salt Springs, Pictou County; and John Van de Reit of Shubenacadie, Hants County; Bill Swetnam of Centreville, Kings County; Patricia Bishop of Port Williams, Kings County; and Lise LeBlanc of Newport, Hants County. …

“They’re meeting with people across Nova Scotia looking at the issue of land,” she said. “When they come back with their recommendations, the Department of Agriculture and myself will be looking at those recommendations.”

What is the most challenging issue, Kirk asks.

time …I don’t want to use the words issues. I want to use the word projects…. The forward thinking of people in Kings South is unbelievable …  I brag about this all the time…. for example in Wolfville, the town just gave away land for Habitat for Humanity. …”

There you go. Bring forward your favorite charity and the taxpayer will shell out for it.

“They are very progressive here in Kings South.”

Town builders obviously. The rest aren’t heard from.

Wolfville farm market cashes in

Not only tax free but now already tax funded as well! We knew this would happen.  According to this announcement, the Wolfville Farmer’s market is one of several “enterprises” receiving welfare funding from us, the taxpayers. Not that WE have any say in the decision.

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell announced $430,984 in funding today, Dec. 22, to help strengthen local food direct marketers’ infrastructure and sustainability.

The funding is provided through the Direct Marketing Community Development Trust Fund, which aims to increase consumer access to local products and help agriculture businesses sell more directly to consumers. …

– Wolfville Farmers’ Market, in Wolfville, Kings Co., to develop a long-term, fixed location that will accommodate growing popularity and increase opportunities to access and marketlocal food products.[emph ours]

We aren’t quite sure why popularity should have anything to do with it. If it is so popular why does this enterprise need help?  AND we don’t really think this market is necessary to increase access to local food products in this area. There are plenty of other outlets, real farm markets, built and paid for by farmers [who pay taxes] that provide that access. We don’t think Just Us coffee counts as a local food product do you? Not to mention that many of the vendors aren’t selling food products at all.

The funds are provided through the Community Development Trust Fund, a $34.9-million program established in 2008 by the federal government to help communities and sectors experiencing economic challenges.

Federal money, from our federal tax pocket. This report doesn’t specifically say how much Wolfville’s farm market will pocket but the figure of $250, 000 has been rumoured.

What we don’t understand is why other businesses aren’t “up in arms” and demanding tax relief , free rent, and government funding as well.  We can only think that perhaps they are proud of the fact that they can stand on their own two feet and don’t have to go crawling to government to give them hand outs.

Shelter for a Farm Market

A tax shelter. The Wolfville “Farm” market will have a new “home” as announced a few days ago. We copy excerpts from the Farm Market’s Press Release with comments of our own in square brackets in red. As usual the report raises more questions than it answers.

— The Wolfville Farmers’ Market has found a permanent indoor home courtesy of a recently-signed memorandum of understanding with Acadia University. …

The Wolfville’s Farmers’ Market began in 1982 with three vendors and now boasts more than 60. Over the years, it has operated at various locations [tax free] in Wolfville, primarily at the Robie Tufts Nature Centre or indoors at the Acadia Students’ Union Building. Its new [tax free] home will be a portion of Acadia’s DeWolfe Building, which currently serves as a large warehouse for the university.

The building will provide [tax] shelter and allow the market to install permanent booths for 65 vendors indoors with room for expansion outside in the summer months, which would allow the market to become a permanent [tax free] fixture in the community. …

In the coming months, the market’s executive will work with Acadia’s administration to finalize the details of the leasing arrangement. Right now, Acadia has committed to providing an environmental assessment of the space [At whose expense? Acadia’s? If so, as is implied,  is this appropriate for a publicly funded institution?]and has offered to lease the location at no cost for 20 years.[ie. RENT FREE-how many other businesses in town gets that perk?] The Farmers’ Market will manage its operations independent of Acadia and will be responsible for leasehold improvement and utility costs. [ie. Acadia saves utility costs of the DeWolfe building. Acadia will get to keep all leasehold improvements as it did with the ATF building.]

We’ll begin fundraising in the New Year, so we can create the kind of warm, welcoming atmosphere that our dedicated patrons have come to expect from their market shopping experience,” Patterson explained. [And will they be looking for “funding” from Wolfville’s taxpayers and from Provincial and Federal taxpayers? You bet!]

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is a cooperative [It didn’t start out as a cooperative. It was a business.] organization that started in 1992 with three vendors and now boasts over 60 vendors year-round. …

Since 2004, when the Wolfville Farmers’ Market had its first strategic planning session, the vendors set themselves the goal of finding a permanent home to help them achieve sustainable growth. …

A permanent home could offer protection from the elements, a single place to be found year-round, and a venue where vendors could use freezers, coolers, sinks, vertical shelving to offer a greater variety of product (from fresh meat to more produce to gelato). A permanent home could make it possible to offer a mid-week market in Wolfville. [All the better to compete with tax paying businesses in town and true farmers markets nearby!] And a permanent home could mean greater service to vendors and the community.

The Market was looking for a space in the downtown core of Wolfville which could host at least 60 vendors year-round; but also a space that could be operated sustainably. This was no small challenge given the space they needed was 6,000 square feet minimally, and that the intent was for the market to operate twice a week.[For which benefits one usually pays rent or buys a building and pays tax – i.e. pay one’s way!]

And then ….the perfect answer arrived!

DeWolfe Building

Acadia acquired the DeWolfe Warehouse  in 2001.  … Acadia has used the building as a central storage facility for the campus, and will retain the concrete portion of the building for that purpose.

We point out to our readers and the taxpayers of Wolfville that Acadia is exempted of tax. There is a grant in lieu paid to the Town by the Provincial government (out of our provincial tax pocket) that is supposed to replace taxes which would otherwise be accrued from the property. So this self described “enterprise” will not add to the tax base of the town. We wish all businesses in town could operate rent free and tax free. One wit has suggested we sell the whole town to Acadia and just lease it back!

Be aware that by supporting this market we taxpayers are paying to kill the independent small businesses in our town.